Utah Postcards

Today’s postcards feature the Beehive State, and range in dates from the early 1920s to 1955 or 1956. The first card was lithographically printed (dating it to before 1930) and is not railroad issue, but I’m including it as I’ve been intrigued by Bear River Canyon since seeing a photo of it in a 1950 Along-the-Way booklet. Apparently, it was part of UP’s principle route between Salt Lake and Pocatello, Idaho. Since UP trains to Portland bypassed Salt Lake City, the Bear River route was used only by secondary trains such as the Butte Special.

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I visited Bear River Canyon on a recent trip trip through Utah and learned that no road parallels the railroad, so I wasn’t able to see much more of the canyon than is shown on the postcard. The river was dammed in 1927 (and this postcard precedes the dam), creating a reservoir used by many motorboats. So the best way to see the rest of the canyon today would be by boat. The postcard was published by the Souvenir Novelty Company of Salt Lake, whose logo was a beehive, and has the words “CT Photochrom,” which must refer to Curt Teich.

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The next card shows the Southern Utah parks (postcards of which will be featured in the next fews days), the “Boulder Dam Site,” and other important locations in and around Utah. The back of the card uses the UP system logo and is preprinted for use by customers of “Ridgeway Special Educational Tours” in 1929. Prior to staying at the Hotel Rosslyn in Los Angeles, and the card says the tour visited Yellowstone, Bryce, Zion, the Grand Canyon, Mexico, and Pikes Peak, which the card erroneously says is 1,409 feet high. It must have meant 14,109 feet; the current official elevation is 14,114 feet.

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This linen postcard appears to have the 1942 Union Pacific logo on the back. This means it was probably published right after the war.

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The bottom edge of this postcard is perforated, which means it was one of a pair. Most of the paired postcards in my collection date from the 1930s, but this one is clearly from the 1950s. The back doesn’t have a logo, but it does say, “Union Pacific Railroad,” followed by a heavy black band, and then “The Milwaukee Road.” The black band obviously covers up “Chicago & North Western,” the Chicago connection for UP streamliners before October, 1955. Thus, the card must date to late 1955 or 1956.

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